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12th Mar 2024

Journalist Charlie Bird has passed away following long illness

Kat O'Connor

Charlie Bird has sadly died aged 74

Beloved Irish journalist Charlie Bird has sadly passed away, RTÉ has confirmed.

The broadcaster passed away on Monday, March 11th following a long battle with motor neurone disease.

Bird spent nearly 40 years reporting for RTÉ before retiring as Chief News Correspondent in 2012.

Following his motor neurone diagnosis in 2021, the broadcaster campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness.

He also raised millions for charity, including Pieta House as well as the Samaritans.

The journalist also raised millions for the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.

Before his passing, Charlie urged his followers to keep extending the hand of friendship to his wife Claire and their dog Tiger.

He tweeted: “Last year I asked when I pass would you keep supporting Claire and Tiger with extending the hand of friendship to people in dark places. I got a great response. Where I am now in my journey, I want to repeat the call. I love you all.”

Bird often shared health updates with his followers online and praised them for supporting him since his diagnosis.

He credited them for keeping him going despite the harrowing condition he was living with.

In 2023, he wrote: “I am still around and that is because of the support and kindness I have received from people all around the country,” Charlie continued, before adding that his health “has changed dramatically”.

Charlie Bird is survived by his wife Claire, his daughters Orla and Nessa, his grandchildren Abigail, Charlie, Edward, Harriet and Hugo, and his three brothers.

We’re keeping his family in our thoughts during this harrowing time.